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Bata workers in Mexico victorious after 5-year fight
Thu, 28 Jul 2016 16:44:00 GMT


A five-year dispute between the Sandak-Bata union and Calzado Sandak, a Mexican subsidiary of the Swiss-headquartered footwear giant Bata, has finally come to an end.
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Top stories this week on just-style...
Fri, 29 Jul 2016 09:36:00 GMT


The most-read stories on just-style this week include a look at how the competitive distance between Inditex and its fast-fashion peers is continuing to widen, the secrets of success of the fast fashion model, a proposed wage freeze on Vietnam's textile and apparel industry, and the implications of the Brexit vote on the global apparel industry.
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Global news roundup
Wed, 27 Jul 2016 10:59:00 GMT


The following is a round-up of apparel and footwear news from the world's local media.
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Deckers optimistic despite wider Q1 losses
Fri, 29 Jul 2016 11:18:00 GMT


Apparel and footwear group Deckers Brands has offered an optimistic outlook despite booking a drop in sales in its first-quarter and a widening of its net loss. 
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Peru and Saudi Arabia ratify WTO trade deal
Fri, 29 Jul 2016 12:25:00 GMT


Peru and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia have become the latest to ratify the World Trade Organization's (WTO) Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA) - making a total of four countries this month to have done so and a further sign of support for the landmark global deal.
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Kering H1 boosted by Gucci turnaround
Fri, 29 Jul 2016 10:06:00 GMT


French luxury goods group Kering has booked a "pleasing" second-half, with turnaround growth from the firm's powerhouse Gucci label boosting earnings. 
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Under Armour makes lifestyle push with new brand
Thu, 28 Jul 2016 14:16:00 GMT


Performance footwear and apparel brand Under Armour is evolving thanks to the launch of a new brand that will broaden its appeal to a more mainstream audience, and the signing of a new partnership deal with Kohl's.
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Downlite extends RDS down supply in Europe and Asia
Fri, 29 Jul 2016 11:15:00 GMT


US-based down and feather processor Downlite, which supplies responsibly sourced performance fills to the outdoor apparel market, is expanding its Responsible Down Standard (RDS) certified supply chain in Europe and Asia.
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CoolVisions and Creora co-develop performance fabrics
Fri, 29 Jul 2016 11:50:00 GMT


The latest functional fabrics made with CoolVisions dyeable polypropylene filament also feature additional comfort and fit benefits provided by Creora Eco-Soft spandex.
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US Q2 in brief - Columbia Sportswear, Sequential Brands, Rocky Brands
Mon, 25 Jul 2016 10:27:00 GMT


In the most recent second-quarter filings from US apparel and footwear brands and retailers, Skechers missed analyst estimates as it revealed earnings hit by one-off charges, while Under Armour grew its top line thanks to strong sales in its domestic and international businesses, Wolverine delivered better-than-expected results while Carter's Inc achieved its sale and earnings objectives but Rocky Brands is "disappointed" with its results and Sequential Brands has reiterated its fiscal year guidance.
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US lawmakers call for GSP travel goods extension
Fri, 29 Jul 2016 12:22:00 GMT


A bipartisan group of US lawmakers is putting pressure on the Obama administration to extend duty-free benefits to travel goods from all Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) eligible countries.
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US Q2 in brief - Rocky Brands, Carter's, Wolverine Worldwide, Under Armour, Skechers
Mon, 25 Jul 2016 10:27:00 GMT


In the most recent second-quarter filings from US apparel and footwear brands and retailers, Skechers missed analyst estimates as it revealed earnings hit by one-off charges, while Under Armour grew its top line thanks to strong sales in its domestic and international businesses, Wolverine delivered better-than-expected results while Carter's Inc achieved its sale and earnings objectives but Rocky Brands is "disappointed" with its results.
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UK retail sales fall at fastest pace in four years in July
Thu, 28 Jul 2016 12:45:00 GMT


Sales volumes at UK clothing, footwear and leather goods retailers remained positive in July despite retail sales overall falling at the fastest pace in more than four years.
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Huntsman positive despite mixed Q2 results
Thu, 28 Jul 2016 10:45:00 GMT


Chemicals manufacturer Huntsman Corporation has booked mixed results in its second-quarter as earnings soared but revenues fell on lower sales in all of its divisions.
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Sorona fibre marks five years of Oeko-Tex certification
Thu, 28 Jul 2016 10:31:00 GMT


DuPont's renewably sourced Sorona fibre, which is made from ingredients such as corn, has received Oeko-Tex Standard 100 certification for the fifth year in a row.
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Adidas rises outlook amid double-digit Q2 growth
Thu, 28 Jul 2016 11:34:00 GMT


German sporting goods giant Adidas Group has raised its full-year guidance after posting a 21% rise in second-quarter sales, helped by the early termination of its sponsorship deal with English football club Chelsea FC.
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Gap joins Better Cotton Initiative
Thu, 28 Jul 2016 14:30:00 GMT


 US specialty fashion giant Gap Inc has signed up  to the Better Cotton Initiative (BCI) as part of its commitment to help improve cotton farming practices globally.
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Inventory project sparks Kmart shut-down rumours
Wed, 27 Jul 2016 15:29:00 GMT


US retail giant Sears Holdings has denied media reports that it plans to close all of its Kmart stores and that the chain is facing bankruptcy after staff were seen moving merchandise out of the stockrooms and onto the sales floor.
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Ananta Group hits back at Bangladesh union claims
Thu, 28 Jul 2016 11:39:00 GMT


A Bangladesh garment factory group has defended itself over union claims it had attempted to relocate workers, failed to make bonus payments and that one of its officers had "tortured" a pregnant worker.
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The North Face takes a holistic view on harmful chemicals - Interview
Mon, 25 Jul 2016 15:49:00 GMT


With pressure mounting on the outdoor apparel industry to eliminate hazardous chemicals from products and production processes, The North Face is using tools developed by parent company VF Corp to help it work towards its goals. And for sustainability manager James Rogers, the key to reducing overall chemical use is to take a holistic view of the entire supply chain.
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Bonmarché blames weather for fall in Q1 sales
Thu, 28 Jul 2016 12:46:00 GMT


UK value women's wear retailer Bonmarché has blamed poor weather and lack of demand for its summer fashions for an 8.1% drop in first quarter like-for-like sales at its stores.
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Patagonia wool standard goes "above and beyond"
Thu, 28 Jul 2016 11:53:00 GMT


Nearly a year after deciding to re-build its wool programme after an investigation exposed "extreme cruelty" at one of its main suppliers, US outdoor brand Patagonia has developed its own wool standard.
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Gildan Activewear to acquire Peds Legwear for $55m
Thu, 28 Jul 2016 10:12:00 GMT


Apparel maker Gildan Activewear is building on its position in ladies' wear with its just-announced $55m acquisition of Peds Legwear.
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Gildan Activewear Q2 profit slips on falling sales
Wed, 27 Jul 2016 17:32:00 GMT


Falling sales in its printwear and branded apparel businesses contributed to a 4.7% drop in second-quarter profit for Gildan Activewear, with the company also lowering the upper end of its earnings guidance for the year.
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Target beats nearly half of five-year sustainability goals
Tue, 26 Jul 2016 15:07:00 GMT


US department store retailer Target Corp says it has surpassed almost half of the 20 sustainability goals the company set itself five years ago, including using more than 14.5m recycled plastic bottles to produce fabric for its own-brand jeans.
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Mexico ratifies WTO trade facilitation agreement
Wed, 27 Jul 2016 10:57:00 GMT


Mexico has ratified the World Trade Organization's (WTO) Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA), making it the second country this month to do so and a further signal of support for the landmark global deal.  
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US Q2 in brief - Carter's, Wolverine Worldwide, Under Armour, Skechers
Mon, 25 Jul 2016 10:27:00 GMT


In the most recent second-quarter filings from US apparel and footwear brands and retailers, Skechers missed analyst estimates as it revealed earnings hit by one-off charges, while Under Armour grew its top line thanks to strong sales in its domestic and international businesses.
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Sears Canada president Kirkman to step down
Wed, 27 Jul 2016 12:46:00 GMT


Department store retailer Sears Canada has announced its president, Carrie Kirkman, is to leave the company after less than a year in the role.
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Aeropostale sues creditor over "significant bad acts"
Tue, 26 Jul 2016 16:54:00 GMT


Aéropostale has filed litigation against private equity firm Sycamore Partners and its affiliates, saying it continues to believe they engaged in "significant bad acts" that forced the teen apparel retailer into bankruptcy. 
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Puma apparel sales push Q2 into profit 
Wed, 27 Jul 2016 10:39:00 GMT


German sportswear brand Puma has moved to a profit in its second-quarter on the back of double-digit sales growth driven by strong apparel revenues. 
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Menswear to drive UK value clothing market growth
Wed, 27 Jul 2016 11:53:00 GMT


Menswear is set to spearhead the GBP3.2bn (US$4.2bn) growth in the UK value clothing market over the next five years, analysts say.
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97% of Accord member factories lag on remediation
Wed, 27 Jul 2016 12:55:00 GMT


The Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh has cut ties with another seven ready-made garment suppliers for failing to implement workplace safety measures - and admits that 97% of all factories used by its signatory companies are behind schedule on remediation.
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China remains powerhouse for footwear sourcing
Wed, 27 Jul 2016 14:31:00 GMT


China looks set to remain the powerhouse of global footwear manufacturing and a key supplier to the US, despite Vietnam gaining ground, a new report has found. 
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Why Inditex is "clear winner" in the fast fashion space
Tue, 26 Jul 2016 16:00:00 GMT


Spanish retail giant Inditex, owner of the Zara brand, is the clear winner in the fast fashion space, analysts believe, with the competitive distance between the company and its peers continuing to increase thanks to its efficient business model.
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US Q2 in brief - Wolverine Worldwide, Under Armour, Skechers
Mon, 25 Jul 2016 10:27:00 GMT


In the most recent second-quarter filings from US apparel and footwear brands and retailers, Skechers missed analyst estimates as it revealed earnings hit by one-off charges, while Under Armour grew its top line thanks to strong sales in its domestic and international businesses.
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Dystar sets up global innovation centre in China
Mon, 25 Jul 2016 15:27:00 GMT


Singapore-based dye manufacturer DyStar Group is setting up a global innovation centre at its Nanjing Colours production site in China to develop new environmentally-friendly dyes and chemicals.
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Primark expansion continues with two new US stores
Mon, 25 Jul 2016 16:12:00 GMT


UK value retailer Primark has opened another two stores in the north east of the US, in New Jersey and Pennsylvania, as the fashion retail giant continues to build its presence stateside. 
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Global news roundup
Mon, 25 Jul 2016 10:30:00 GMT


The following is a round-up of apparel and footwear news from the world's local media.
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Substantial TTIP differences remain despite progress
Tue, 26 Jul 2016 11:39:00 GMT


Substantial differences remain and much work is still needed before a deal can be reached on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) pact between the US and the European Union (EU) - although the two sides still say progress is being made.
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UK fashion sourcing fair expands into footwear
Mon, 25 Jul 2016 12:15:00 GMT


London-based apparel sourcing event Fashion SVP is set for further expansion, with organiser IDEX introducing a new footwear and accessories section due to demand from buyers.
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La Perla selects PLM to improve speed to market
Tue, 26 Jul 2016 12:34:00 GMT


Italian luxury lingerie company La Perla has selected Centric Software's PLM solution in a bid to bring its products to market faster, strengthen its position in the industry and drive growth and profitability.
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US Q2 in brief - Under Armour, Skechers
Mon, 25 Jul 2016 10:27:00 GMT


In the most recent second-quarter filings from US apparel and footwear brands and retailers, Skechers missed analyst estimates as it revealed earnings hit by one-off charges, while Under Armour grew its top line thanks to strong sales in its domestic and international businesses.
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Supply chain transparency index to expand to 100 brands
Tue, 26 Jul 2016 10:10:00 GMT


A transparency index launched earlier this year that monitors and ranks high street clothing brands on transparency across their value chains is to be expanded to 100 brands next year.
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Amazon to trial delivery by drone in the UK
Tue, 26 Jul 2016 11:32:00 GMT


Online retail giant Amazon has been granted permission by the UK Government to explore the possibility of delivery by drone.
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BHS to shutter all remaining stores by next month
Tue, 26 Jul 2016 11:52:00 GMT


Failed British department store retailer BHS will see its remaining stores shuttered within four weeks.
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Bebe ramps up new licensees under Bluestar deal
Mon, 25 Jul 2016 12:42:00 GMT


US women's wear retailer Bebe Stores says its recently forged partnership with Bluestar Alliance LLC is proving successful, and has already driven "significant" demand from prospective licensees.
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Outerknown reveals list of menswear supplier factories
Mon, 25 Jul 2016 15:49:00 GMT


US men's wear brand Outerknown has published the names of seven companies that manufacture its T-shirts, woven shirts, boardshorts and sweaters as part of its focus on sustainability.
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Vietnam mulls wage freeze to boost competitiveness
Tue, 26 Jul 2016 12:45:00 GMT


Vietnam's textile and apparel industry says it expects to miss its export target in 2016 due to slowing consumer demand and increased competition - and has proposed a freeze on wages to address the issues. 
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Brexit blow to global apparel industry confidence
Mon, 25 Jul 2016 18:03:00 GMT


It is likely to be at least two years before the global apparel industry fully understands the implications of last month's vote by the UK to sever ties with the European Union (EU), according to a new survey carried out by just-style.
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Hyosung sets up Mipan nylon facility in Vietnam
Tue, 26 Jul 2016 12:59:00 GMT


South Korean yarn giant Hyosung is setting up a new manufacturing facility in Vietnam for its Mipan branded nylon.
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US Q2 in brief - Skechers
Mon, 25 Jul 2016 10:27:00 GMT


In the most recent second-quarter filings from US apparel and footwear brands and retailers, Skechers missed analyst estimates as it revealed earnings hit by one-off charges. 
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Arvind and TÜV Rheinland join ZDHC pledge
Mon, 25 Jul 2016 14:39:00 GMT


Indian denim giant Arvind and German technical inspection company TÜV Rheinland have both become members of the Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals (ZDHC) programme.
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Burlington and Cone Denim collaborate on cotton fabrics
Mon, 25 Jul 2016 10:48:00 GMT


The combined research and development expertise of Burlington Labs and Cone Denim's 3D R&D programme - both units of International Textile Group - has led to the launch of an innovative line of luxury and performance cotton fabrics. 
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Apparel leads UK retail overseas mobile searches
Mon, 25 Jul 2016 11:31:00 GMT


Mobile technology is continuing to drive UK apparel sales growth, new figures show, with smartphone clothing searches soaring by nearly half in the last quarter.
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LVMH to sell Donna Karan to G-III for US$650m
Mon, 25 Jul 2016 11:36:00 GMT


Branded apparel and accessories maker G-III Apparel Group is to buy Donna Karan International, parent of the Donna Karan and DKNY brands, from luxury goods group LVHM for US$650m.
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Teijin launches polyester hook-and-loop fastener
Mon, 25 Jul 2016 14:26:00 GMT


Fibre firm Teijin is to roll out its new extra-soft polyester hook-and-loop fastener globally after test-marketing it in Japan.
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Sir Philip Green blamed for the collapse of BHS
Mon, 25 Jul 2016 13:40:00 GMT


"What kind of man is it who can count his fortune in billions but does not know what decent behaviour is?" The words of Rt Hon Frank Field MP, chair of the Work and Pensions Committee, will be stark reading for retail tycoon Sir Philip Green after British MPs today (25 July) published a damning report into the collapse of the BHS retail chain.
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Counterfeit Ralph Lauren shirts worth $16,000 seized
Fri, 22 Jul 2016 11:39:00 GMT


A shipment containing counterfeit Polo Ralph Lauren shirts worth almost US$16,000 has been seized at Washington Dulles International Airport.
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Lindex listed as one of top ten users of organic cotton
Fri, 22 Jul 2016 15:01:00 GMT


Swedish fashion retailer Lindex has been named as one of the world's largest users of organic cotton and sustainable materials such as lyocell and recycled polyester.
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US back-to-school apparel spend set to rise 8%
Fri, 22 Jul 2016 12:39:00 GMT


After tightening their belts and trimming back-to-school spending in 2015, US families are set to spend more freely on school and college supplies this year as they embark on a "stock-up" cycle as opposed to "making do".
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Apparel firms making progress on preferred fibres
Fri, 22 Jul 2016 14:45:00 GMT


The organic cotton market is continuing its upward trajectory, while leading apparel brands and retailers are carefully balancing their use of a range of preferred fibres and materials in order to achieve the best sustainability results, according to two new reports.
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EMS and Bob's restructured into Eastern Outfitters
Fri, 22 Jul 2016 10:25:00 GMT


US private equity firm Versa Capital Management has launched a new US$400m holding company to continue the restructured and recapitalised operations of Eastern Mountain Sports (EMS) and Bob's Stores (Bob's).
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LVMH targeting buyer for DKNY?
Fri, 22 Jul 2016 10:57:00 GMT


Less than a year after Donna Karan stepped down as chief designer at her founding company Donna Karan International (DKI), luxury goods group LVMH is said to be on the lookout for a buyer for both DKI and DKNY.
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New Tencel fibre based on cotton waste fabrics
Thu, 21 Jul 2016 16:27:00 GMT


Austrian cellulosic fibre producer Lenzing is testing a new version of its Tencel fibre based on waste cotton fabrics, designed to help close the loop in the textile and clothing industry.
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Brexit Trade Focus - How does a CANZ-UK FTA stack up?
Tue, 19 Jul 2016 16:15:00 GMT


As the UK government prepares the ground for new post-Brexit free trade deals, Mike Flanagan will, over the coming months, be evaluating their potential impact on the garment industry. Here he begins by looking at the first proposed deals with Canada, Australia and New Zealand.
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VF Corp cuts guidance as Q2 profit plunges 70%
Fri, 22 Jul 2016 14:55:00 GMT


US apparel giant VF Corporation, owner of the North Face, Lee and Timberland brands, has lowered its revenue guidance for the year amid a "challenging environment" in the second quarter.
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Why fast fashion isn't a case of one-size-fits-all
Fri, 15 Jul 2016 15:06:00 GMT


The fast fashion model, in all its guises, is ensuring some retailers thrive in spite of challenging market conditions. Here, Bob McKee, industry strategy director, Infor Fashion, takes a closer look at some of the secrets of its success.
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Top stories this week on just-style...
Fri, 22 Jul 2016 09:18:00 GMT


The most-read stories on just-style this week include a look at the likely impact of the Trans-Pacific Partnership's tariff phase-out schedule on US textile and apparel imports from Vietnam, the opening of Ethiopia's flagship industrial park in Hawassa city, and confirmation that US department store group Sears Holdings Corp is to close its Manhattan apparel and design office.
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JC Penney CEO Ellison succeeds Ullman as chairman
Fri, 22 Jul 2016 09:49:00 GMT


Department store retailer JC Penney Company has promoted its CEO Marvin R Ellison to chairman, succeeding Myron (Mike) Ullman III, who will be retiring in line with the company's transition plan outlined in 2014.
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Debate rages on China market economy status
Thu, 21 Jul 2016 10:12:00 GMT


The granting of market economy status to China at the end of this year, and its subsequent treatment in anti-dumping and anti-subsidy investigations, has divided industry sectors on both sides of the Atlantic. 
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Target hires Apple exec for global sourcing post
Thu, 21 Jul 2016 14:05:00 GMT


US department store retailer Target Corp has hired Apple executive Ben Cook as its senior vice president of global logistics, inventory allocation and replenishment.
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Global news roundup
Tue, 19 Jul 2016 12:34:00 GMT


The following is a round-up of apparel and footwear news from the world's local media.
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Apparel Sourcing Paris welcomes Guatemala
Thu, 21 Jul 2016 12:32:00 GMT


Apparel Sourcing Paris will this year welcome Guatemala to its trade show for the first time, as it anticipates a near 40% increase in exhibitors. 
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Berghaus 100g waterproof jacket scoops industry award
Wed, 20 Jul 2016 13:40:00 GMT


Outdoor performance wear specialist Berghaus has scooped its tenth international award in four years for its latest product innovation, a lightweight waterproof jacket in a three layer fabric, weighing less than 100g.
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Aeropostale "eyes buyer" over reorganisation
Thu, 21 Jul 2016 14:25:00 GMT


Struggling teen apparel retailer Aeropostale is understood to be planning a sale of its assets at an upcoming auction rather than attempting to reorganise on a standalone basis. 
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